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Old 12-15-2009, 02:48 PM   #241
 
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As for the Ph.D., I'm afraid I'm pretty negative about the process. I think one can get a great skill set and job opportunities at the Master's level in 1-3 years, depending on your program. Keep in mind that the Ph.D. can take 5-8 years (or more!). In addition, I tell people who are thinking about Ph.D. programs to find a program with structure (year 1, year 2, year 3, dissertation) and funding to support you/your family/your lifestyle. I wish someone had pointed these things out to me before I started, and I also wish someone had made me think about the choices/compromises/sacrifices I would have to make to finish this undertaking. Let me end with this: the Ph.D. is a degree of perseverance, not of smarts or talent.

End rant. I'd be happy to give more of my opinion if anyone's interested. *goes back to work*
To be quite honest, I've discovered that almost all degrees are this way. Its getting to the point where everyone has a bachelors and not everyone needs too. When you meet people (I swear I'm not stuck up, but its gonna sound that way) that you know you are smarter than (and I am not a genius) and they have bachelor's and master's -- you realize that someone somewhere will give anyone a degree. I've even met people from reputable state institutions that I wonder how the HECK they made it through. Like I said, its not mean, I just really have to wonder.

My point is, because of exactly what you said, I know I will probably end up stopping at a masters. I also have a plan (and probably a place of employment) if I end up stopping at a bachelors as well. My current plan is to get my master's in school psych (high in demand right now) and work for the DoDDS (department of defense something blah can't remember now) overseas. Man, those people bank and get to live in europe. I'll be a shoe in for hiring because we'll be ex-military and have already lived overseas.

Doesn't keep me from secretly wanting a PhD and flaunting it in all of the people's faces who had a masters and were STUPID ahhhhhh!

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I am going to try it TOMORROW. I promise.

My Masters is in Diplomacy and Military Studies and my thesis is on the relationship between the US and Cuba from the Spanish American War up to the rise of Castro.

Good times!!
that's freaking fascinating. I knew, I Knew I saw military patches on the corkboard behind you. I've almost asked you about them several times, but I figured eventually someone else would ask, or a story would come out. haha, I was semi-right.


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I have been following CG for a week and a half and this is the first day that I'm actually happy! I think I finally figured out how to make my waves clumpy rather than stringy. I have previously been raking product through and today I scrunched. I'm thinking that was the winning action.

Too bad when one thing works another doesn't - my hair is very frizzy. I'll post a photo when I'm home from work. I think I'm going to try the same thing tomorrow, but add a leave in to help combat frizz. Do you think that would help?

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For me, a leave in definitely helps to combat frizz, but I've heard the CCCC is super moisturizing. Can't hurt to experiment though. And yes, here on the wavy board, we loves our photos!

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Fascinating, Gekko! I bet a degree like yours is in high demand.

Will wait to see your hair results tomorrow!

And Goober, anthro is a lot like psych, as you probably already know! Good luck with your current program, and I hope you find the grad program that works for you!

Thanks for the well wishes goldie Yes! I know, if I had unlimited funds and time, I'd study evolutionary psychology -- which is anthropology's cousin (if not sibling) in my opinion.

Also -- for a laugh to anyone who got this far, the other day, I was pm'ing Alex and we started talking about degrees and in my PM I almost typed pHd. Oooh I crack myself up. Hair info on the brain!
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:02 PM   #242
 
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Today I co-washed with Suave Tangerine; then used my own daily conditioner. I slathered in a bunch of my curl enhancing jelly and then the firm hold gel over that. Did a 5-minute plop (normally I do not plop but my hair is getting long enough to try it again), then diffused to about 80% dry. Freakin' amazing hair today!

If you have asked me for samples, I am sorry I am so behind, but I'm almost there....promise.
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:28 PM   #243
 
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I'm still trying different ways to shower at night. Last night I used leave in, curl cream and a little bit of gel. Then, I put on a satin bonnet instead of putting it in a pineapple. In the morning, I misted my hair with water and diffused. I have great volume, good clumps and curl definition, but I have a little more frizz and less shine. I still think this is one of my better attempts. I just hate to sleep wearing that ugly thing to bed every night. I feel bad for my poor husband. But I learned that the pineapple is probably what is flattening my curls.
Yes I agree this is way better!

I vote for the satin bonnet! There are all sorts of cute ones you can get...one of my blog links has info on this I think on my blog
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Today I co-washed with Suave Tangerine; then used my own daily conditioner. I slathered in a bunch of my curl enhancing jelly and then the firm hold gel over that. Did a 5-minute plop (normally I do not plop but my hair is getting long enough to try it again), then diffused to about 80% dry. Freakin' amazing hair today!

If you have asked me for samples, I am sorry I am so behind, but I'm almost there....promise.
So we want pic's.

Samples will be done when they are done (not that I'm not excited) but I want to see!!
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:31 PM   #245
 
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Last night I got my hair cut to even out the layers and give it a trim (it had been 12 weeks since my last trim, and that one involved a razor). I think everything is pretty uniform now, and it should grow out nicely. She blew it out, and I have to say I enjoyed it being straight for the night (that's the great thing about being a wavy, right???). Also, she thought I was mostly fine (not a mixture).

The first 2 pictures are from this morning before I worked out, so it had been slept on. Since I worked out I had to wash my hair, and I had to low-poo (not just co-wash) since she put some finishing stuff in it last night. I then went to my tried and true - AOMM and HESMU. I think it turned out pretty well, but since it is a little shorter from the trim it needs to grow a teeny bit to get more wave back. I'm just happy I don't have the razored ends anymore and it is more even all over.
Oh I'm so glad!!! It looks really nice either way! I, of course, love it curly!
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:37 PM   #246
 
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Fascinating, Gekko! I bet a degree like yours is in high demand.
It might be if I had any plans to do anything with it.
All this ed talk is interesting. I'm actually the Registrar for a huge private university (that's what I do in the real world)

I have 4 degree's (two Bachelor's and two Masters) and the thought of going back for the Ph.D is nauseating for me. I'm sure I could do it--but I finished my Masters in 1993 so I've been out almost 20 years..I've taken a class here and there just for fun but full time? I see thousands of students doing it all (work, school, family) and my hat's off to you all! I was young and single and it was hard enough on me!

My Bachelor's are in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Planned on law school, got accepted, but CA called to me. So I just didn't go and oved out here instead. Instead got 2 Masters (Master of Public Administration and then an MBA in Finance). While I loved my schooling I don't love my student loans!

Anyway it's interesting the topic of schooling!
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:57 PM   #247
 
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Oh, schooling. I'm in professional school (law school, to be exact) and you couldn't pay me enough money to go back after this. I want to be done now, haha.
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Here are my photos from today! I attached how my hair has been looking and how it was today. Looks like I'm learning how to clump. Now to defrizz and add some volume
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:54 PM   #249
 
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Here are my photos from today! I attached how my hair has been looking and how it was today. Looks like I'm learning how to clump. Now to defrizz and add some volume

Yep yep..a check on the clumping! Looks awesome!!!

The other two ...well there's a gazillion posts because many of us have at least one, if not both, of those issues!
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Hooray!

So, I posted (a lot) the last few days, about the state of my hair. It's been terrible for the past 4 days, dry feeling, stringy, and just not feeling right at all.

Under someone's suggestion, I decided to stop using my current co-wash in case it was a protein issue. I didn't have another co-wash, so today I went out to buy something else. I ended up buying a few things. I switched out my Suave Coconut for V05 Free Me Freesia, my Burt's Bees Super Shiny for Garnier Triple Nutrition and I also bought some HETT mousse (I currently also use the gel).

Right out of the shower my hair was still not clumping as it did, but I could already tell something was better about it. It was at least clumping instead of refusing to co-operate entirely.

I just SOTC and it looks SO much better!! I'm so happy about it right now! YEY!

Left side pictures are 2 days ago and the right side are today.


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Hooray!

So, I posted (a lot) the last few days, about the state of my hair. It's been terrible for the past 4 days, dry feeling, stringy, and just not feeling right at all.

Under someone's suggestion, I decided to stop using my current co-wash in case it was a protein issue. I didn't have another co-wash, so today I went out to buy something else. I ended up buying a few things. I switched out my Suave Coconut for V05 Free Me Freesia, my Burt's Bees Super Shiny for Garnier Triple Nutrition and I also bought some HETT mousse (I currently also use the gel).

Right out of the shower my hair was still not clumping as it did, but I could already tell something was better about it. It was at least clumping instead of refusing to co-operate entirely.

I just SOTC and it looks SO much better!! I'm so happy about it right now! YEY!

Left side pictures are 2 days ago and the right side are today.


That is a great improvement! So much shine!

If it keeps getting better I'd say it could have been the protein, but it hard to say after just one day.
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Wow Euturpe!! Huge difference! I was the opposite of you, I used Vo5 and got instant frizz. I switched to the Suave and it instantly got better. Sometimes our hair just likes what it likes!
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Wow Euturpe!! Huge difference! I was the opposite of you, I used Vo5 and got instant frizz. I switched to the Suave and it instantly got better. Sometimes our hair just likes what it likes!
Euturpe I agree with Dark Waves and Goob! It looks awesome! That is a remarkable difference and it is absolutely visible. We use the Garnier Fructis for my daughter quite a lot and we love it!
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Yay for HETT mousse, Euterpe! I love the stuff and I am so sad that I can't bring it with me when I fly (either carry on or checked luggage) because I've been traveling recently.

Alex, I've been curious about your job--thanks for letting me/us know what you do. It's so interesting to learn about people as little facets are revealed over time.

And I can't say enough how sick I am of school and how weary I am of the dissertation. Again, it would have been much more practical to stop with a MA (or go and get an MBA to complement my MA). I underestimated the amount of time it would take to get the PhD and the amount of financial support/department structure I would need. I started in 2002, got my MA in 2004, finished coursework in 2006, and have been struggling with the vague, amorphous final requirements (qualifying exams, prospectus, dissertation) since then. But I will finish in the next 6 months. And then I can spend more time researching hair products, learning about chemicals and ingredients, and making my own stuff. Oh yeah, and get a real job and maybe have a life and a family.
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Today was a co-wash day. Then I smoothed in DoC and scrunched in HETT mousse. Not sure what did it, but thumbs down...

Not too much wave definition. I just scrunched it again with wet hands (since I don't have anything else with me). Maybe I should have put a LI under the DoC.

My Mom's retirement party is this afternoon so hopefully I can make it work somewhat since I'm already at work.

I had already planned on doing a PT tonight.
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Having an o.k. day today. Used SNBE low poo followed by Jasmine's Babbasu Condish to rinse out. I used Jasmines Shea conditioner for leave in then DM MCCG and topped with ABBA.

Good definition, a tiny bit stringy but not too bad. Back looks really good and my hair feels soft and bouncy and not producty.

I'm really liking the Jasmine conditioners..they make my hair very soft without pulling out the curl.

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I am getting my pictures posted before my hair explodes into frizz. It is pouring rain and I don't have an umbrella. This isn't going to end well at all.



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All this ed talk is interesting. I'm actually the Registrar for a huge private university (that's what I do in the real world)

I have 4 degree's (two Bachelor's and two Masters) and the thought of going back for the Ph.D is nauseating for me. I'm sure I could do it--but I finished my Masters in 1993 so I've been out almost 20 years..I've taken a class here and there just for fun but full time? I see thousands of students doing it all (work, school, family) and my hat's off to you all! I was young and single and it was hard enough on me!

My Bachelor's are in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Planned on law school, got accepted, but CA called to me. So I just didn't go and oved out here instead. Instead got 2 Masters (Master of Public Administration and then an MBA in Finance). While I loved my schooling I don't love my student loans!

Anyway it's interesting the topic of schooling!
I will probably get another Masters either in Political Science or Criminal Justice, although this Masters is pretty much a PoliSci one with a different name. I think if I had gone to grad school right after I graduated, I would have bailed out. I joined the PC instead and when I came back looked in (again) to getting my Masters, but went to work. Then in 98, I was offered a job in NY and a Masters opportunity at South Dakota State University for a Masters in Wildlife Science, I have to wonder where I would be now had I chosen to take the degree program and not moved to NY. I started this Masters in 2003 and it has been hard, I move so much that I kept losing semesters to that, then with work, I could really only take 1 class a semester, it just took forever. I am so glad to be done, yet I can't stop thinking about getting another one. I love the learning process and writing papers, even though at the time it's stressful, there is just something about it that I keep coming back for me!! Insanity, I guess!
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that's freaking fascinating. I knew, I Knew I saw military patches on the corkboard behind you. I've almost asked you about them several times, but I figured eventually someone else would ask, or a story would come out. haha, I was semi-right.
You were semi-right, those are actually law enforcement patches and I work in the wonderful world of wildlife law enforcement. That's why I said my history Masters will get me nowhere.
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Today was a co-wash day. Then I smoothed in DoC and scrunched in HETT mousse. Not sure what did it, but thumbs down...

Not too much wave definition. I just scrunched it again with wet hands (since I don't have anything else with me). Maybe I should have put a LI under the DoC.

My Mom's retirement party is this afternoon so hopefully I can make it work somewhat since I'm already at work.

I had already planned on doing a PT tonight.
Dark, I never get good results on a co-wash day. Don't know why.

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I am getting my pictures posted before my hair explodes into frizz. It is pouring rain and I don't have an umbrella. This isn't going to end well at all.



Gekko, is that HETT mousse? Regardless, your hair looks clumpy and shiny!
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